October 1, 2015 Heart disease and diabetes are linked to gum disease. TRUE. Gum disease affects 80 percent of Americans and is prevalent in individuals with diabetes and heart disease. In fact, it can be an early indicator for both. For patients with diabetes, high blood sugar levels make you twice as likely to develop gum disease. Patients with chronic periodontal disease are at higher risk for heart attack. Oftentimes, patients with diabetes or heart disease need more frequent dental check-ups to ensure their oral health. Let us know if you suffer from either of these conditions so we can properly care for your dental health.